The event is part of the Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef series initiated by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, designed to demonstrate how the finest natural mineral water can be used to enhance the greatest of dining experiences. The series brings renowned chefs to Thailand from top dining destinations around the world, including Tam Kwok Fung, from two Michelin-starred Jade Dragon in Macau, and sushi-master Shinji Kanesaka, from Michelin-starred Sushi Kanesaka in Tokyo.
Hailed as “The King of White Truffles”, Chef Umberto Bombana delights the palates of the world’s finest gourmet. A native of Bergamo in Northern Italy, Chef Bombana’s talent and skills soon took him around the world, eventually arriving in Hong Kong in 1993 to open Toscana, which became an iconic destination of the fine dining scene for 15 years.
In Photo: Confit Abalone Carpaccio, sweet pepper and semi-dried tomato, oscietra caviar
Recognition for Chef Bombana’s culinary creations reached an unprecedented level of prestige when he was awarded the Best Italian Chef in Asia by the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) in 2002 and then Worldwide Ambassador of the White Truffle in 2006 by the Piedmontese Regional Enoteca Cavour in Italy.
In 2008, Chef Bombana began his most personal and distinctive project — 8½ Otto e mezzo BOMBANA. The restaurant name, selected personally by the chef as a tribute to his favorite Italian film director Federico Fellini’s 1963 movie “8½”, is a celebration of Italian lifestyle and art. In December 2010, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars after only eleven months of opening. It further achieved three stars in the 2012 Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau, becoming the first and only Italian restaurant outside Italy to receive such high recognition and since then, it has retained the honour for five consecutive years.
In Photo: Blue Lobster, basil rattatuia, seafood emulsion
The menu Chef Bombana will serve at Le Normandie comprises a selection of his classic signature dishes including a Confit Abalone Carpaccio with sweet pepper, semi–dried tomato and Oscietra caviar. The dish makes use of abalone directly imported from Australia. In another signature dish, Chef Bombana will prepare Blue Lobster with basil rattatuia and seafood emulsion. The Blue Lobster comes from Brittany, a province of France well-known for exporting some of the best Blue Lobster available. Guests will also get the chance to enjoy Classic Warm Ricotta Tart with pistachio, candied orange and ricotta gelato. The Classic Warm Ricotta Tart features homemade fresh ricotta cheese made by using milk and cream imported directly from Sardinia.
In Photo: Homemade Tagliolini – Butter, Parmesan, and “Melanosporum” Black Truffle Fondue
Wines from renowned wine growing regions in Italy, including Piedmont and Tuscany, have been selected especially to complement each course, along with S.Pellegrino sparkling natural mineral water and Acqua Panna still natural mineral waters. Water plays a vital part in bringing balance to a meal. Food and wine impart different taste characteristics through each other, while water is meant to cleanse the palate, to enhance the interacting traits of food and wine. The process of pairing food and wine with complementary water is referred to as “harmonizing”, and S.Pellegrino sparkling natural mineral water and Acqua Panna still natural mineral waters are the perfect fine dining mineral waters to complete the harmonisation of the epicurean experience.
In Photo: Classic Warm Ricotta Tart, pistachio, candied orange and ricotta gelato
The 8-course pairing dinner takes place from 13th to 14th July, 2016 and is priced at THB 13,000++ per person**, inclusive of wine pairing, S.Pellegrino sparkling natural mineral water and Acqua Panna still natural mineral waters.
**Subject to service charge and government tax**
To make a reservation, please email Mobkk-Restaurants@mohg.com or contact +66 (2) 659 9000 ext 7390
S.Pellegrino initiated the Fine Dining Lovers Guest Chef Series to feature renowned chefs from top dining destinations around the world, bringing top-notch epicurean experiences to diners in Thailand. S.Pellegrino is dedicated to promoting the fine dining scene through top-class dining events, as well as on Finedininglovers.com, an online magazine sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna that congregates an inspiring and engaging community to which the brands are intrinsically linked.
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